The critics' picks, closer to home: SEFCA

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(Photo © 2007 Miramax Films)

The 2007 film awards keep rolling in, but this time it's with a little local flavor. The Southeastern Film Critics Association — of which CL's Felicia Feaster and Curt Holman are members — announced its selections today. Yet again, No Country for Old Men won for Best Picture, as well as Best Director (Joel and Ethan Coen), Best Adapted Screenplay (the Coens again), and Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem, who was truly creepy).

Interestingly, No Country for Old Men was the only multiple-award winner, which shows that while it's done very well in this early part of the awards season, there may be no other clear challenger for Best Picture (yet).

We may have our critics' ballots posted later. But I did find it fascinating, according to SEFCA's press release, that Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone) nudged out Cate Blanchett (I'm Not There) by one point. I thought as good as Ryan was, Blanchett was brilliant and a hands-down winner.

The Wyatt Award, which honors a film "that best embodies the essence of the South," was given to Waitress, a comedy-drama by the late writer/director/actress Adrienne Shelly.

Below is a complete list of the winners.

BEST PICTURE

1) No Country for Old Men

2) There Will Be Blood

3) Atonement

4) Juno

5) Michael Clayton

6) Zodiac

7) The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

8) Gone Baby Gone

9) The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

10) Into the Wild

BEST ACTOR

Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood

Runner-up: George Clooney, Michael Clayton

BEST ACTRESS

Julie Christie, Away from Her

Runner-up: Ellen Page, Juno

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men

Runner-up: Casey Affleck, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone

Runner-up: Cate Blanchett, I'm Not There

BEST DIRECTOR

Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men

Runner-up: Joe Wright, Atonement

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Diablo Cody, Juno

Runner-up: Tamara Jenkins, The Savages

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men

Runner-up: Christopher Hampton, Atonement

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (France)

Runner-up: La Vie en Rose (France)

BEST DOCUMENTARY

No End in Sight

Runner-up: Sicko

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Ratatouille

Runner-up: The Simpsons Movie

WYATT AWARD

Waitress

Runner-up: Black Snake Moan

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